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Expert help on offer for local film-makers

The organisers of a film development and production hub to be showcased at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival are calling for Bermudian film-makers, producers, writers and animators to compete.

The CaribbeanTales Incubator aims to create “strong, compelling and sustainable content” for the global market. While it understands that Bermuda is not in the Caribbean, it has extended an offer to include the island.

CTI’s goal is to grow the pool of indigenous film and television content so as to build the Caribbean region’s audiovisual capacity.

A spokesperson for the organisation said: “This project is a fantastic example of our creative economies at work and is a first of its kind outside of the region solely devoted to island film and television projects.

“This year for the first time the CTI is sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean’s leading TV and communications provider, as part of its commitment to the development of the film-making industry.

“The CTI’s flagship programme is the Market Incubator programme, a marketing and packaging forum for long-running series projects that includes five weeks of online training and one week of intensive workshops in Toronto. The MIP offers selected island film producers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills in the context of an international marketplace environment.

“The programme culminates in the ‘Big Pitch’, which takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, bringing together international industry delegates to vote on the best projects.

“Winners of the Big Pitch graduate to the nine-month CTI Production Support programme, which takes projects from pitch to production.”

Selected production support projects will receive pilot funding from Flow.

The CTI-MIP is open to film-makers, producers, writers, animators and media practitioners from the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Up to 15 projects will be selected based on the quality of the proposal and participants’ previous work, and/or contributions to the Caribbean film industry.

<p>Does your project qualify?</p>

Anyone interested in applying must meet these criteria:

• The concept must have the potential to be developed into a long-running series

• The project can be either fiction, documentary or animation, and must fit into the format of either episodic film, television, or web series

• The project must be owned or co-owned by a Bermudian national, a person of Bermudian heritage, or a person from diverse communities across the Caribbean/island diaspora, including Africa, India, Asia and the Global Indigenous population

• The team must include at least one producer with a track record and significant production experience in film and television

• The project must have a clear audience from the island you are living in

• For more information, e-mail coordinator.caribbeantales@gmail.com